Moisture Wicking Deodorizers

Help for Wet, Smelly Gear

Nothing puts a damper on a morning run like a pair of shoes still moist from the day before. Likewise, no one wants to hit the ice or jump on a bike in helmets and gloves that hold sweaty traces of earlier workouts.

At our house, wet gear used to spend a lot of time propped in front of heating vents. Not anymore. We’ve found an easier (and much less unsightly) way to remove moisture and keep shoes, gloves and helmets smelling
fresh. It’s called Stuffitts. Just slip these lightweight, flexible inserts into your shoes, gloves, and helmets, and they’ll go to work combating moisture and killing odor-causing bacteria. The next day, your gear will be dry, fresh, and ready for action.

The founder of Stuffitts is Mike Huebner, who was determined to find a better way to dry his running shoes and make them last longer. His patent-pending products combine moisture-wicking fabric covers with cedar fill. So go ahead, jump in that puddle, play baseball in the rain, or take one more run down the sledding hill. Just make sure you have your Stuffitts handy.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Mike

    ... goodbye stinky, smelly, wet shoes! I'm happy to be here today to answer any questions you may have about how Stuffitts can save your shoes from wetness and odor and therefore make them last longer.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/2/2010 12:00 PM

    Here is the size chart for your shoe's new best friend:

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    2/2/2010 12:12 PM

    Hi Daily Grommet! Thanks for featuring Stuffitts Shoe Savers today. I'm really excited to be on the site and will be available for questions all day long. This will be fun!

  • DJP
    2/2/2010 12:32 PM

    Mike, brilliant idea. Question; sometimes (not often enough, but sometimes) they will put their wet shoes close by the oil burner in the basement. Is there any problem with doing this with Stuffitts? Will the dry heat of the burner caused the cedar to last less long? Just wondering.

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    3/2/2012 10:48 AM

    @DJP: The heating will not effect the cedar.

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    2/2/2010 12:50 PM

    DJP, Thanks for the question. By using Stuffitts you eliminate the need to dry the shoes by placing them next to a heat source. Rapid, direct heat is tough on shoe material (that's why you never want to put shoes in the dryer). So, I'd recommend keeping your shoes (and Stuffitts) away from radiant heat sources, if possible. Hope that helps!

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    2/2/2010 4:52 PM

    I have to say that the Stuffitts design (the toes!) and the bright colors just make this such a fun product to use to help an unpleasant problem.

  • janet
    2/2/2010 5:16 PM

    How many times can the cedar core of the Stuffitts be used before needing to be replaced? We'd be most likely to use them for wet or completely soaked soccer shoes.

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    2/2/2010 5:21 PM

    Thanks for the compliment Wendy !

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    2/2/2010 5:31 PM

    JS, Thanks for the question. We recommend replacing the inserts once a year or seasonly for extreme conditions.

  • fred moulton
    fred moulton
    3/23/2010 9:56 AM

    This is great . But what about that last fewe percentage of smelly. ? Put your sneakers of shoes in the freezer for a day or so. It will KILL the mold and mildew that likes to grow in hot footy areas. and your sneakers will be odor free for a week or more.

    I heard of it I tried it and IT works really !

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/23/2010 10:19 AM

    @fred - thanks for the tip!

  • szp
    3/28/2010 1:49 AM

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  • patty
    4/14/2010 2:22 PM

    Does this work for shoes that have been saturated....say, left out in the rain?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/14/2010 2:34 PM

    @Patty - yes, Stuffitts will dry shoes that have been saturated. An independent lab tested them after submersion and found that after 24 hours air dried shoes were still 50% wet while shoes dried with Stuffitts were nearly 100% dry...having done the majority of the drying within the first hour!

    They made a video showing the testing, check it out below!

  • Lee Ann
    Lee Ann
    8/22/2010 5:21 PM

    I have a question. I wear a shoe lift and orthodic (heel to ball of the foot) in my golf shoes which can get very wet. Will the stuffitt dry through all of those layers or should I remove the lift and orthodic?

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    3/2/2012 10:51 AM

    @Lee Ann: You can try leaving them in but we typically recommend removing them before inserting Stuffitts.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/22/2010 5:42 PM

    @Lee Ann - I have contacted Mike so that he can give us his insight on your question. Thank you for posting!

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    8/23/2010 12:32 PM

    Stuffitts should work effectively at drying the shoe. If you see that

    the shoe is not getting dry, remove the orthodic after it has dried

    and insert the Stuffitts to dry the shoe.

  • sollertia
    2/19/2011 1:35 PM

    How long do the Stuffitts take to dry? Say your shoes have gotten soaked on a rainy hike, could your dry the shoes overnight then dry again the next night after another rainy day?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/20/2011 6:18 PM

    @sollertia: Each insert can retain over 10oz of moisture which is the equivalent of two saturated shoes. In extreme conditions, such as a multi-day hike in continually rainy conditions, they recommend getting a second pair and rotating.

  • Jeni
    10/17/2011 10:45 AM

    Darn, I just missed your giveaway but with it being my birthday yesterday i was out celebrating another wonderful year here with family and friends. I do like your products and will be definitely ordering some in the near future.


  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/17/2011 2:45 PM

    @Jeni Tieman: Happy Birthday Jeni! We're glad to have you here.

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    3/1/2012 9:56 AM

    Good morning! I'm thrilled to be back on the Daily Grommet to tell you about our brand new line of Portable Drying Solutions. We are very proud of these new products and think you'll find them very useful in solving the never-ending problem of how to deal with wet, stinky personal gear. We have a solution!

    Thanks DG for the opportunity!

  • Kathy
    3/1/2012 1:24 PM


    This is just the product I need! I travel for work, and hit the gym each morning I'm on the road. I hate having to stuff my soaked with sweat workout gear into a plastic laundry bag in order to not touch my clean clothes. That moisture just stays there, (and in my shoes) the entire trip. My question: if I purchase the gym bag and the shoe inserts, will all of my clothes in my suitcase end up smell like cedar? Thanks in advance.

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    3/1/2012 1:40 PM

    Kathy, Stuffitts are great for travel. If you leave the cedar panel in the bag and keep the shoe insert in your shoes, the other clothes in your suitcase will not absorb the cedar scent. However, Stuffitts are great deodorizers for suitcase when not in use.

  • Kathy
    3/1/2012 1:48 PM

    @Mike Huebner: Thanks, Mike! I'm excited to try this great product! Thanks for thinking of it. Wish I had. :)

  • Denise
    3/1/2012 2:16 PM

    Do the stuffits come in pairs, or is the price for one?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/1/2012 2:31 PM

    @Denise: Great question. The Stuffitts for shoes and for gloves come in pairs.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    3/1/2012 4:18 PM

    Mike, I use my shoe Stuffitts three to four times a week for my workout shoes. They have extended the life of my shoes and I like the sense of being more hygenic and thrifty too. My question: how often should I be replacing the cedar insert with that type of usage? The shoes are more often just sweaty, not rain-soaked.

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    3/2/2012 10:45 AM

    @Jules Pieri: We recommend replacing the inserts about every 12 months.

  • Ginger
    3/1/2012 7:17 PM

    Besides price, what are the differences between the Sport Shoe Saver and the Sport Shoe Saver? For a person who gets sweaty tennis shoes after a workout, which is the best type to get? Is the pro shoe saver shaped like a foot and the other one just rectangular?

  • Lucy
    3/1/2012 7:32 PM

    @Ginger: I think you mean the Sport Shoe Saver and Pro Shoe Saver. I have the same question.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/2/2012 12:56 AM

    @Ginger: That's a great question. The Pro Shoe Saver is the original Stuffitts® product and is the most complete portable drying system for shoes with a shaped foam forefoot offering complete toe-box coverage and a detachable carry strap ideal for hanging or transporting pairs.

    The Stuffitts® Sport is a more basic streamlined, tapered version of the Pro that is particularly effective for cleats and other narrow entry or specialized sports shoes. The sizes are: Small 6"x 5" x 1", Medium 7" x 6" x 1", Large 8" x 6" x 1", and XLarge 9" x 6" x 1".

    For sweaty tennis shoes, I would go with the original.

  • Jackson
    3/2/2012 5:36 AM

    Why does the size chart from the Feb 2, 2010 post above have different information than the Stuffits Website? Which is accurate?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/2/2012 9:24 AM

    @Jackson: Thanks for pointing that out. I have updated the chart.

  • Mike
    Mike – Special Guest
    3/2/2012 8:14 AM

    Jackson, the size chart on the website is the most accurate. Thanks for you interest.

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